Good evening and welcome to Monday Group Meditation, we will be sitting from 7:30 to 10:00 PM EST. It is not necessary to sit for the entire extended time, which is set up to make it convenient for people in four North American Time Zones; sit for as long as you like and when it is most convenient for you.
Monday Group Meditation is open to everyone, believers and non-believers of all stripes who are interested in gathering in silence. If you are new to meditation and would like to try it for yourself, Mindful Nature gave a good description of one way to meditate in an earlier diary, copied and pasted below:
"It is a matter of focusing attention mostly. In many traditions, the idea is to sit and focus on the rising and falling of the breath. Not controlling it, but sitting in a relaxed fashion and merely observing experiences of breathing, sounds, etc. Be aware of your thoughts, but don't engage in them. When your mind wanders (it will, often), then return to focus on breath and repeat."
Faced with an unsolvable dilemma this past week for which there was neither a good nor right answer, I remembered this quote and wanted to read it once again in the hope it would help me to stop second guessing my choice. It took a considerable amount of digging to find, and since I already did the work I thought to share it here in case others might find it helpful. :-)
Until you discover how to embrace opposites, dilemmas, paradox, and duality, you have no choice but to grab for the good stuff, and avoid the bad stuff. This drastically limits your potential for emotional freedom and inner peace.
Setting up the ‘good’ against the ‘bad’ is what creates anxiety in your mind, stress in your body, and confusion in your soul.--Ragini Michaels